A motorist has been left with a gaping wound to his head after a 10kg tow bar smashed through his windscreen.
Jonathan Loates is “lucky to be alive” after the incident, which left him needing more than 100 stitches and three hours of emergency surgery.
The 30-year-old said: “I’m lucky it didn’t hit me straight in the head because it would have taken my head off”.
It is believed that he would have died if not for his quick and instinctive reaction to duck.
Astonishingly, the recruitment worker managed to pull over his BMW to the side of the road before collapsing to the ground.
He said: “I don’ know if it knocked me out or I blacked out but the next thing I remember was getting out with my head pouring with blood… The scar is going to be visible for the rest of my life.”
He was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary following the collision in Chesterfield Road, close to Chesterfield, but needed to be transferred to a specialist head injury unit to have emergency surgery.
Mr Loates said he wanted to thank the driver who stopped to help him, as well as the off-duty trainee paramedic, who also stopped to help before the ambulance arrived.
PC Anthony Brice, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “He’s lucky to be alive. He moved his head a few inches to the side and that saved his life – simple as that”.
Police believe the tow bar may have fallen off another car and are appealing for anyone with dash-cam footage who was in the area at the time, to come forward.
PC Brice also urged anyone with tow bars on their vehicle to ensure they are attached securely to prevent similar incidents.